Driving While Diabetic: A Dangerous Combination

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Onedogrun NO EXCUSES! If you can not manage your diabetes DONT DRIVE! Don't blame law enforcement for using necessary means to get you from behind the wheel. Diabetes is not an excuse for a get out of jail free card. I am Type 1. 3/19/2019
franke a oneill what is a safe blood sugar level in order to drive? 9/10/2016
William B Robb I would like to point out that diabetic shock is very similar to an epileptic seizure however is it justifiable for one who has a controlled seizure for over 50 years t be penalized for having one and restricted from driving for 6 months while those prone to shock may not receive the same legal restrictions. A seizure is a seizure no matter what its origination and the judicial restrictions should be the same no matter if they are diabetic or prone to seizures. In my state if one with a controlled seizure disorders tells the truth about their condition they can be d3enied a drivers license but their is no such restriction placed upon those with diabetes who ae known to go into shock. 11/14/2015
Marian Swift Unlike drunkenness, diabetes is not caused by behavioral choices. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that driving is an "important interest," which carries greater weight than a privilege. This means that a license cannot be revoked immediately upon diagnosis. As you point out, diabetes does not automatically result in disability, nor does it equal irresponsibility in and of itself.

Responsibility is best fulfilled with proper knowledge. Better education on responsible driving and applicable law are musts. Patients are not always provided that vital information. That needs to change.

Similarly, law enforcement officials must also be provided with training and alternatives to violence when dealing with members of society who are not involved in criminal activity, but who behave unexpectedly and may be in acute pain or distress.

Lastly, I doubt that requiring restrictions upon diagnosis would impact public safety in a positive way. Not many would be willing to see a physician if they had reason to suspect that their licenses would be restricted or revoked -- despite a good driving record, personal responsibility and the physical ability to drive.

Rather, I suspect we would only see more unlicensed drivers and undiagnosed individuals on the road.
Nikki This are the events of today via my face book page: 8/17.10
So,today on the way home from Castle Lake there was a forestry fire truck in front of us. The driver was doing between 10-20 mph the whole way down. Needless to say it was very aggravating. Towards the bottom of the hill he began to drive more and more erratic, at the stop sign we pulled along side of him and asked him if he was ok, needed help, drunk, or if something was possibly wrong with the vehicle.
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Nikki Mckillop Clouse His response was a quiet yes. So we pulled over and called the MSPD. We followed far behind him on the way into town as he veered into the other lane a few times narrowly missing oncoming traffic, very narrowly. Though, wow, for sure thus guy has got to be faded or something. We watched until an officer stopped him at a stoplight. Poor guy, turns out he was going into a diabetic shock. It was a trip though, really scary.
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Phoebe Welke And what was the response?
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Nikki Mckillop Clouse The response was medics and fire department rushing to the scene and taking him to the hospital. We watched fro the parking lot and was told later form someone with a radio scanner thingy that they had called it as a a man going into diabetic shock...So, not positive that that is what was going on, but it does make sense. The guy was listless and way out of it, it was just weird, and weirder to know that he didn't have the capacity to ask for help.
D-Mama Wow! Where to begin. Julia, obviously you have never been around a diabetic, especially a Type 1. I say let's not stop there with the blanket issues. Why don't we say that anyone who hasn't had at least 8 hours of sleep not drive, people who have facial ticks from Tourettes can't drive, Parkinsons, lets reevaluate ALL people who have some form of a handicap. Seems to me that we just can't take that chance that ANYONE can govern and discipline themselves. WAIT, maybe NO ONE should drive because there are many people who stroke out and black out.

Save your sympathies and failed attempt at trying to acknowledge that life with Diabetes is more complicated and tedious than the average non-diabetic individual. Your blanket incitement of how risky us diabetes are and shows how unsympathetic you really are. There are far far more risky non-diabetic individuals that put us at risk every single day on the highways. Unless you are able to apply your testing rules to those people who drink to be sure they are tested before they drive, then you are quite simply a fearful hypocrite. There are rules already in place, and those individuals who have had this happen have lost their privileges. Any accident that harms someone is a tragedy, but you cannot go around branding a whole group of individuals who have taken every precaution. Shame on you.
BB Whoever wrote this seems to think diabetics should not be allowed to drive like other citizens. This only displays their ignorance. For every source listed above, there are thousands upon thousands of diabetics that drive safely on a daily basis. Can diabetes be a hazard if blood sugars are not under control? Of course, they can be. But many other conditions that do not have driving regulations are equally dangerous. Diabetics should check their blood glucose levels on a normal basis, especially when preparing to drive. However, this ailment should not proclude them from the privilege of driving. Should pregnant mothers have their licenses banned because they may have morning sickness that would impair their driving? How about someone with a stomach virus? 5/27/2010
Autumn "Diabetes is a terrible thing with which to live; it affects all aspects of the sufferers’ lives, and the lives of those around them."
FYI: I am not suffering you fool.
Marlene That is stupid, even if you check your blood sugar and it is normal when you leave you still have a potiental to drop. If that is the case maybe we should have people check there blood pressure to make sure they don't have a stroke. 8/31/2009
C. Swanson This article points out the ignorance of the author to the realities of driving risk.
As a former Minnesota resident where there is a requirement of diabetics to get Doactor verification of diabetic control, I studied this issue using Minnesota Department of Public Safety statisitice. In the 10 year period from 1970-1980, medical emergencies from ALL causes accounted for less than 1% of accidents. Far greater was the 68% of accidents caused by drivers under 21 years old. If you want the roads safer, start where the problem lies, not by picking on normally very responsible diabetics!
Robyn Boy this article really sets me off. I am a type 1 diabetic that takes excellent care of herself, my last A1C was 6.0 done 2 weeks ago and over this past weekend, after 16 yrs of being diabetic experienced diabetic shock while driving. I had just eaten at 7 pm and the accident happened at 10:30 pm, nothing I did wrong just one more of the benefits of having this awful disease. This article is awfully judgemental as to what YOU believe a diabetic should be allowed to do and how to live. If only I could curse you with this miserable disease for a month and live through the misery of constant monitoring, test, shots, people watching every move you make, maybe then you can make some better informed statements until then shut UP Julia. I was treated like a common criminal/drunk until I was finally coherent enough to take a breathyler and it came back 0.000 at which time every officer changed thier attitudes. I am seriously considering pressing charges because in addition to their ruthless treatment it took 12 minutes for the ambulance to arrive, I only know that from the police report. Sadly I cannot remember what happened at all. But think how you would feel shackled to a guerny and someone yanking on your arm and another person sitting on you because you were fighting and had no idea what was going on. 5/22/2009
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